Rod joined WDIV-TV News in October 1995 after working as anchor, reporter/investigative reporter in Saginaw, Michigan, Tampa & Miami, Florida, Portland and Bangor, Maine. Rod has become an expert in bankruptcy and business and municipal turnaround efforts after spending years leading Local 4’s coverage of the automotive industry meltdown and the financial difficulties of the City of Detroit and Wayne County. As Business Editor he has also won the International Wheel Award for excellence in Automotive Journalism. One of his goals was to be able to explain business and personal finance authoritatively to anyone.To that end, he became the first ever working journalist in the nation to pass the extremely difficult Certified Financial Planner™ Professional exam and then go on to attain Certified Financial Planner™ status. Rod is a board member of the Automotive Press Association in Detroit and also sits on the Board of the Oakland University Center for Business Excellence.
Rod is a dedicated family man, married to his high school sweetheart Karen. They are the parents of three daughters. Rod and Karen spend a lot of time working on home improvement and renovation projects. In the summertime they can be found motoring around on one of Metro Detroit's many all sports lakes on their boat.Rod has also taken up running as part of his duties as honorary Co-Chair of the annual Julie Run benefitting the Open Door Outreach Center. Open Door is a charitable program started through St. Patrick Church in White Lake, the Meloni family parish. All three of Rod’s daughters attended St. Patrick School. Rod is also a member of the St. Patrick Church Knights of Columbus.